Wed 9th Sep 2013 -
DVLA Tender - Urgent Call For Users Of The
Medmont 700 Field Screener
You may be aware from previous correspondence that LOCSU, with the
support of Optometry Scotland and Optometry Wales, submitted a bid for
the Provision of Vision Testing services being tendered for by the Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The DVLA has recently announced that the review of tenders has been
and they have requested additional information regarding equipment that can
be used for
visual field testing of Group 2 drivers (approximately 3000 tests per year
Scotland and Wales).
In order to be able to fully meet the DVLA's requirements, LOCSU are looking
any practices who have a Medmont 700 visual field screener who haven't
an interest in becoming a sub-contractor in the LOCSU bid.
If you have a Medmont 700 visual field screener and haven't already
expressed an interest in
becoming a sub-contractor in the LOCSU bid you are invited to register your
interest at www.surveymonkey.com/s/6PZN7LC
Please note, by expressing an interest you are not committed to participating in the future
delivery of services. We appreciate that practices will require full details of fees and other
contractual terms, before they decide whether they wish to proceed.
It should also be noted that this is not part of the formal sub-contractor
Should the bid be successful, there will be a process to recruit
sub-contractors, as agreed
with the DVLA.
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Thursday 8 August 2013 - "We still have places left on the 'Raising Awareness on Safeguarding Adults/Mental Capacity Act and the Prevent Strategy'. Please see attached flyer for more information. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please complete this application form and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Anna Robinson, Safeguarding Commissioning Team,
Thursday 23 May 2013 - AGM & Lecture: Dry Eyes
- The Annual General Meeting of the Local Optometric Committee will be held on Thursday, 23 May 2013 at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel at 7.00pm. Hot food will be available from 6.15pm.
The meeting will start with a lecture by Mr Andrew Price FBOA (Hons) CL, COA (USA) entitled "Treat the Cause of Dry Eyes not the Symptoms ". We firmly believe this lecture will be of interest to many of those involved in general practice and the ophthalmology community. All optometrists and GPs have been invited. After the lecture we will hold our AGM and further details will be posted on the website.
If you are able to attend the lecture could you inform me at
the email in the logo above to facilitate catering and to prepare the Register for the CET point.
Congratulations go to David Gould who was awarded Optician Magazine's Contact Lens Practitioner Of The Year Award 2013!
Monday 25th March 2013 6:15pm at Clayton Park - An interactive CET point has been approved for optometrists under the competencies of : Professional Conduct and Communication. Here is a brief summary: Staying out of Trouble:
Presented by Trevor Warburton BSc FCOptom, Clinical advisor to the AOP legal services dept.
The AOP is the biggest malpractice insurance provider to the optometric profession in the UK. It deals with hundreds of complaints and civil cases against optometrists every year and the number of cases in which the GOC are involved is rising fast.
Good record keeping has never been more essential to everyday practice. Although records are designed to aid the patient's future eye care they can also be an optometrist's best defence.
In this lecture, we examine where it can go wrong. Using real life case examples, we learn about common issues and how they can be avoided.
We remind practitioners about the rules, regulations and legislation that govern their every move, asking them to think about what they would do in a given situation.
Referrals are an important part of the patient journey. We will examine how to refer effectively and clearly, with the correct urgency and using the correct method for the benefit of patients and practitioners alike.
By the end of this lecture, the optometrist will have learned to "think defensively" but also how be a safer practitioner overall.
Food will be served from 6:15pm for a 7pm lecture and question & answer session. Location: Clayton Park Conference Centre, just off junction 7 of the M65
Those interested in attending should contact the East Lancs LOC's secretary Mr David Noblett so we know numbers for catering purposes: Post: Mr. D. Noblett, Secretary, East Lancs Area LOC, 5 Ratten Lane, Hutton, Preston, PR4 5TE. Phone: 01772 616798 Email: see the logo above
This very pleasant young man has lost his Pre-Reg placement due to circumstances beyond his control - practice has been sold, he is a UK citizen and is struggling to find a place. If anyone can help or knows where to direct him then please contact him directly at his hotmail email. He is a student of mine and I believe would be an asset - unfortunately I cannot help him directly. I have attached his CV for your reference.
Would all those on this list who hold LOC lists circulate it too?
Thank you so much and apologies for using the list in this way!"
Regards, Andrea Downs
Jan, 2013-The LOC are currently working with the PCT on launching an ocular hypertension and stable glaucoma monitoring shared care scheme this Spring, 2013. Although it involves core skills, only accredited practitioners will be eligible to take part. To qualify, free CET approved training is provided by WOPEC - Glaucoma level 1 and level 2 training can be completed by virtual lecture on CD ROM followed by MCQs. Once passed, practitioners will be invited to a practical skills assessment (date and location to be confirmed) in order to join the shared care scheme. To obtain a WOPEC code for free access to the training CD ROM contact Newbank Optical on 01254 661234 and leave your contact details and email address.
October, 2012 -Autumn Newsletter featuring OHT/SG Enhanced Service; Future Training/Update Events; Zero Tolerance; NHS Reform; Future structure of the LOC and Future Communication. Your comments and feedback would be particularly welcome.
Tue 11th Sep, 2012 - The next LOC meeting will be on Tuesday 11th Sep 2012 at Ewood Services Meeting Room
31st July, 2012 - The previous Direct Cataract Referral Scheme ceases on the 31 July 2012. This service specification commences on the 1 August 2012 and replaces all previous cataract schemes
27th June, 2012 - PRIMARY CARE DIRECT REFERRAL CATARACT SCHEME RELAUNCH EVENT: Wed night. 6.00 – 9.00pm. Room 3. Walshaw House. Regent Street. Nelson. BB9 8SQ.
A cold buffet style supper will be available from 6.00pm sponsored by Allergan Ophthalmology. It is recommended that providers attend the event in order to be appropriately accredited to provide the re-launched service and familiarise themselves with the updated documentation. This event is for both East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Optometrists. The event will feature a 1pt CET approved lecture entitled Cataracts Diagnosis Assessment and Management. You may have received this invitation already but if not and you would like to attend, please return the this form to Lisa Cunliffe before 13th June 2012.
12th June, 2012 - LOW VISION DAYFOR PEOPLE WITH SIGHTLOSS:
Hosted by the RNIB at Burnley Football Club. This free one-day event aims to help anyone connected to sight loss (individuals, friends, family, professionals, carers) to find out just what's available in your local and surrounding areas, in terms of support. Click here to view flyers 12
1st May, 2012 - AGM:
Click here to view the agenda and details
All optometrists, dispensing opticians, performers and contractors in the Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancs area are invited to attend this year's AGM which will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2012 at the Woodlands Suite of the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JP commencing 6pm for 6.30pm.
Refreshments (hot food) will be available and to facilitate catering, PLEASE LET THE SECRETARY KNOW IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND ASAP.
Once again we are pleased to confirm that Mr Annaswami Vijaykumar will join us to give a CET accredited presentation entitled "To Refer or Not Refer".
Our Chairman, Clive Duerden, will be giving a general update on the implications of the new Health Reforms on optometric services, where we are up to regarding Enhanced Services across the area, the launch of the new website and other issues affecting us all, including post payment verification visits.
The treasurer, Mark Jinkinson, will also give his financial report and highlight budget issues for the coming year.